Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday suspended its Bijpur legislator Subhranshu Roy for a period of six years for making anti-party comments. Roy’s activities had been under the scanner of the top party leadership particularly after his father Mukul Roy shunned the TMC and joined the BJP in November 2017.”He has been constantly making such statements that we feel has affected the image of the party. The discipline of the party should be prioritised and the party felt that he had not towed the party line on more than one occasions. So we have been compelled to take this tough decision. Our party’s disciplinary body, after consultation with party supremo Mamata Banerjee, has decided to expel him,” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Friday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaEarlier in the day, Subhranshu held a press conference in his own Assembly constituency and heaved praises on the organisational skills of his turncoat father Mukul Roy. He claimed that he tried his best to give party’s Barrackpore candidate Dinesh Trivedi a lead from his Assembly constituency but failed to do so as his father proved to be a better organiser than him. “I have lost to my father. He is a real Chanakya of Bengal politics. I feel proud to be the son of Mukul Roy who had earlier played a pivotal role in TMC gaining strength in Bengal and now he has been instrumental in uprooting it. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it,” Roy said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to him, both he and his father have done the best for their respective parties. But people have chosen his father. “Many people had said that if one Mukul Roy leaves, they will make hundreds of Mukul Roys. I just want to say, Mukul Roy who was there since the inception of the party has now single-handedly destroyed it,” Roy added. Though he did not say anything about shifting allegiance to the saffron party following the footsteps of his father but after his statement speculations of him leaving the party have become stronger. Roy further alleged that a section of the party leadership had questioned his allegiance to TMC even after he continued to be loyal to the party.
Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday handed over a list of 261 Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails to the Indian High Commission here. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that the step was consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on May 21, 2008. “The Government of Pakistan today handed over a list of 261 Indian prisoners (52 civil + 209 fishermen) in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad,” it said. The Foreign Office said that the Indian Government will also share the list of Pakistani prisoners with Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Under the agreement both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1st and July 1st, respectively.
RushCard — a prepaid Visa card co-founded by Russell Simmons in order to provide financial freedom and access long denied to an underserved population — and CrowdRise, the crowdfunding site founded by Edward Norton — have announced the #RiseToThrive Charity Challenge.Video: #RisetoThriveThe crowdfunding challenge will raise money and awareness for non-profits dedicated to building prosperous futures for people in American neighborhoods RushCard serves.Through highly engaged, incentivized fundraising, the #RiseToThrive Challenge will reward the charities who best fundraise for their cause, and offer prizes to those who donate.The #RiseToThrive Challenge takes place September 10, 2013 through October 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Challenge is open to the public, and all are encouraged to choose organizations to support with donations and fundraising throughout the campaign. Visit www.crowdrise.com/risetothrive to join the challenge and fundraise or donate for your favorite causes.“RushCard is proud to have created this Challenge to further reach the people we serve. RushCard’s $50K contribution is merely seed money to jumpstart the giving we need to help our neighbors and communities,” said Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard. “When we rise together to help each other, our neighborhoods thrive.”“CrowdRise is committed to helping non-profit organizations strengthen their crowdfunding capacity because we believe that network-based, peer-to-peer grassroots movements will define social activism in the next century,” said actor and CrowdRise Co-founder Edward Norton. “We’re excited to provide these inspiring organizations with a platform to help them raise money and awareness, and inspire others to support their innovative work.”RushCard will award a total of $52,500 in prize money to the #RiseToThrive charities with the most dollars raised. The non-profit that raises the most money will receive $25k, the runner-up will receive $10k, and the third place fundraiser will receive $5k. The remaining $12,500 in prize money will be used to fund weekly charity incentives. All participating non-profits will keep funds raised, regardless of grand prize eligibility.RushCard will also be offering prizes to donors, including apparel from Russell Simmons’ new yoga line, Tantris, signed copies of Russell Simmons’ book “Super Rich,” a shopping spree to Kimora Lee Simmons’ JustFab shoe retailer, and more.“RushCard is proud to partner with CrowdRise on our inaugural #RiseToThrive campaign,” said Rob Rosenblatt, RushCard CEO. “We look forward to giving back to the neighborhoods where we do business. It is a rewarding venture and a great opportunity to continue having a positive impact on our customers’ lives.”Founded in 2003, RushCard has been providing access to the financial mainstream for 10 years. Today, RushCard is a comprehensive payment platform that serves as a feature-rich and mobile alternative to a traditional checking account. RushCard offers a full range of financial management tools including electronic bill pay, payroll direct deposit, card-to-card money transfer, mobile text alerts and electronic servicing – all available to the millions of Americans who want an alternative to traditional banking.Source:BusinessWire.com
TUNIS – Tunisian lawmakers will vote Saturday on adopting a long-delayed new constitution, more than three years after the revolution, constituent assembly officials said.“The vote will be held tomorrow, Saturday,” Mofdi Mssedi, spokesman for the speaker’s office, told AFP on Friday, a day after parliament completed its review of each article in the draft charter.The time of the vote has yet to be determined. “If the constitution is adopted on the first reading by a two-thirds majority, the signing ceremony will take place on Monday,” said Karima Souid, an MP and information officer at the assembly.The text must be approved by at least 145 of the 217 members of the assembly to be adopted, and would then be formally promulgated by the president, prime minister and parliamentary speaker.If it fails to achieve the necessary majority on either its first or second reading, the charter must be put to a referendum.The political parties have sought to avoid that outcome, to be able to hold legislative and presidential elections in 2014 and end the political crisis plaguing Tunisia since the assassination of two opposition MPs last year by suspected jihadist.The national assembly was elected in October 2011, nine months after the popular uprising that toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and touched off the Arab Spring.But its mission to adopt a new constitution within one year was repeatedly disrupted by bitter political divisions between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the secular opposition, together with persistent social unrest and a wave of jihadist violence.A new government of independents headed by premier designate Mehdi Jomaa should be appointed by Saturday, after Ennahda agreed, under an accord to end months of political deadlock, to hand power to a technocrat administration tasked with leading the country to fresh elections.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The parent company of Sears, controlled by former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert, is buying the rest of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. that it doesn’t already own and reuniting the business with the Sears and Kmart stores.Sears Hometown was spun off from Sears Holdings Corp., the former parent company of Sears and Kmart, in 2012.Transform Holdco LLC said Monday that it will pay $2.25 per share. ESL Investments Inc. and its affiliates, the majority owners of Transform, currently hold 58% of Sears Hometown’s outstanding stock.Under the deal, Sears Hometown can sell its Sears Outlet and Buddy’s Home Furnishing Stores businesses (together, the “Outlet Segment”) to a third party for not less than $97.5 million.The going-private transaction is targeted to close in the third quarter.The Associated Press
Barrick Gold Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a deal to sell its Barrick Energy subsidiary for in a series of deals worth a total of $455 million. The deal includes the sale of assets to Venturion Oil Ltd. for $59 million and a deal with Whitecap Resources Inc. for another group of assets for $174 million. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has also agreed to pay $173 million a gross overriding royalty on certain lands valued at about $50 million for Barrick Energy and its assets.
In his statement to the 68th General Assembly’s General Debate, the Amir of the State of Qatar urged an end to the “destructive actions and horrible massacres” in Syria, and called for reform of the Security Council to more objectively deal with such global challenges.“The…failure to impose the political settlement we all prefer for Syria is due basically to the inability of the Security Council to take the required decision to stop the bloodshed and the continued intransigence of the Syrian regime and its refusal of all regional and international initiatives,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani told world leaders gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.He called of accelerating the process of Council reform “in order for it to be more capable of dealing objectively with global challenges and responding to the aspirations of people” and not have decisions monopolized for long periods by one or two states.In his statement, the Amir said the ability of those responsible for the brutal crimes and massacres in Syria, “which have shocked every human conscience,” to continue enjoying impunity “questions the credibility of the human rights and international legal mechanisms of the international community”.He said that “the issue is not whether or not Syria possesses chemical weapons… But the issue is the use of such weapons by the regime against its own people.“The Syrian people have not risen up for putting the Syrian chemical weapons under the international supervision but for getting rid of despotism and corruption and to end the injustice it has been facing,” he added.The Amir called on “our Syrian brothers to unify their ranks for entering a transitional period that leads to establishing a governing system that guarantees freedom and dignity for all Syrians without discrimination on the grounds of gender, nationality, sect or creed.”In a meeting earlier today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, according to a UN spokesperson. He also thanked the Amir for Qatar’s support to the Central Emergency Response Fund. The UN earlier this month released $50 million from the Fund to boost the efforts of humanitarian agencies assisting the growing number of Syrians affected by the crisis. During the meeting, the two officials also discussed Qatari support for the UN-backed Alliance of Civilizations which seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation. In his statement, the Amir said that Qatar aims to be a “hub for dialogue and discussion among different parties to conflict but not to be a party in these conflicts.“We aim also to open windows for cultural and information dialogue between peoples,” he added.In addition, Mr. Ban and the Amir also discussed today the importance of UN political efforts in Yemen, the Israeli-Palestinian issue, sustainable development and climate change.
One in two curry houses in Britain are set to close within 10 years, it was claimed on Wednesday.The gloomy forecast that approximately 17,000 Indian restaurants will disappear from high streets inside a decade came from Yawar Khan, chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF).He said problems facing Indian restaurant owners in the UK, such as chef shortages and rising costs, have been widely publicised. Approximately nine in 10 curry restaurants in the UK are Bangladeshi owned.Mr Khan said: “British Bangladeshis can be very insular and inward looking. We fail to regard other cuisines as competition and we are slow to adopt new marketing opportunities, such as social media platforms.”He admitted his message “won’t go down well with many of my members, who continue to fail to heed warnings and take responsibility for the survival of their businesses.” The ACF organises the annual Asian Curry Awards to recognise the best in the industry, encouraging higher standards and inspiring the next generation of chefs. It also runs a nationwide roadshow, teaching members about changing eating trends and key industry issues like health, nutrition and hygiene.Mr Khan said: “For years we have been telling restaurants they need to up their game with shorter menus, offering lighter healthier options with more fish and vegetable dishes, with genuinely authentic regional food.”Many rarely see a customer at lunch time, while pubs and chains like Nandos are serving thousands of spicy dishes throughout the day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Restaurateurs feel there’s no demand for spicy dishes when the temperature rises – as if it never gets hot on the subcontinent.”Looking at drinks menus, you would never know that they grow tea in India – where are the green, oolong and white teas. Where’s the darjeeling, assam, dooar, and travancore?”He was backed by Thomas Chan, head of the Chinese Takeaway Association, who said: “The best run restaurants will survive and thrive – the less well run will be replaced by a new wave of more innovative operators.”Teddy Chen, of the Malaysian Restaurant Association, added: “It will be sad to lose some old favourites, but there some exciting and dynamic restaurateurs waiting in the wings to take their place.The 7th Asian Curry Awards will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 12. But a new threat came from the failure of many restaurateurs to respond to changing customer demands and ignoring modern technology that will herald the collapse of the once thriving sector.Despite two curry restaurants closing each week, the dining out sector as a whole is thriving with sales and new openings on the increase, said Mr Khan.The ACF represents more than 35,000 ethnic restaurants and takeaways in Britain – including those in the Indian, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian community, but the largest single group are Bangladeshi.
AUBEMA Crushing Technology, a medium-sized company located in the German region of Oberberg/Northrhine-Westfalia, has successfully increased its order bookings which, the company says, “will provide economic security for the entire region.”It was only the end of last year that Aubema was able to establish a 1005 owned subsidiary in China. “We have immediately benefited from this opportunity to establish in China, which has actually existed only since mid of 2005. Our commitment pays off more quickly than expected,” Norbert Britz, Managing Director of AUBEMA, stated. Not just once but on five occasions Aubema was able to prevail against international competition. The company will provide nine hammer mills with accessories for three coal power stations including: the Coal Liquefy Thermal Power Plant in Shendong, the Inner Mongolia Wuhai Lantai Thermal Power Plant and the Yunan Group to meet the high energy demands. These large-scale machines will undertake fragmentation of lignite and hard coal for subsequent CFB combustion. An additional contract on two Hammer Mills 1212/18-36 has been signed by the Isdemir steel works in Turkey. The machines have a total contract volume of some €4 million.Furthermore, the specialists in Bergneustadt are pleased to have a large-scale order amounting to €1.6 million for processing equipment for the domestic market. Saarstahl based in Völklingen, Germany, has placed an order for the design and installation of a limestone crushing plant for limestone. This raw material is to feed the blast furnace during steel making. The limestone undergoes a direct size reduction from 800 mm to 0 – 3 mm. This is achieved by crushers in the first/second crushing stage, as well as a hammer mill – the key elements of the plant. A special feature of this processing system is that the entire plant will be installed underground. Finding individual solutions to meet customers’ demands is part of Aubema’s daily business. Every single machine leaving the workshop in Bergneustadt can be distinguished by different characteristics. “Besides the ease of service and maintenance as well as our strong commitment to provide customized solutions, the well-approved reliability and sturdiness of our machines remain decisive factors of our success. Our team will be glad to take up new challenges,” the company reports.
← Previous Story Good news for Serbia: Sesum is back! Next Story → Vote for the World’s Best Men’s Coach in 2011! Jesper Noddesbo talked to Danish media, to Jyllands Posten to be specific, and he was very optimistic about the upcoming EURO 2012 in Serbia. As it is reported, the player thinks that Denmark can give another very good display at the EURO 2012, and that with Ulrik Wilbek still being a coach, there’s cohesion in the team and the team seems poised for big things.
← Previous Story FRANCE 2017: Egypt secure place at eight-final! Next Story → VIDEO: Manaskov – Lazarov KEMPA against Spain Two defeats at the start of World Champioship against Germany and Croatia, were expected, as two wins over Chile and Saudi Arabia 37:24. Gabor Csaszar was the first protagonist of another success of Xavi Sabate boys with nine goals, who will decide their destiny at France 2017 in the last match against Belarus, but it is now known that they are close to knock-out stage.STANDINGS:Germany 6Croatia 6Hungary 4Belarus 2Chile 2Saudi Arabia 0PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud
WEEK EIGHT IS when you start preparing for Race day and although you won’t make much of an improvement to your fitness between now and then you can still ensure you are as prepared as possible.Make sure you have the clothing you plan on wearing available and not in the wash basket if you’ve been using it for training.Don’t try anything new on race day and that especially means not wearing new running shoes for the first time. The rule is, try nothing on race day that you haven’t tried in training so now is the time to get that right.Be prepared for all types of weather and have your race day kit assembled the day before the event and always expect the rain. I always say ‘it’s better to be looking at it rather than looking for it’ and if you are going to the event straight from work I suggest you pack a rain jacket, hat & gloves just in case they’re needed.Don’t be tempted to try fit in a few extra sessions as they may leave you fatigued rather than fresh and ready for Race week and the best thing you can do now is to ensure you are sufficiently rested and not carrying any aches or pains. An early night will serve you better than an extra training session at this point and make sure to leave your best effort for Race Day.Week 8Monday: Five-min brisk walk. 25-min run. Walk to finishTuesday: RestWednesday: Five-min brisk walk. 25-min run. Walk to finishThursday: RestFriday: RestSaturday: Five-min brisk walk, 30-min run, walk to finishSunday: Rest or active recovery. Cycle/swim/brisk walkHow did you find it?See the full 5k programme here or the 10k here for more advanced runners.John O’Regan is a renowned adventure runner and the Life Style Sports Run in the Dark’s expert coach. Follow him on Twitter: @johnoregan777. He is available an online Q&A every Monday from 8-9pm on the event’s Facebook Page to answer training related questions.Sign up for Life Style Sports Run In The Dark here>
Keith Sharp is the 55-year-old mayor of a city in eastern England. He’s been a health adviser for the past decade and a half. He’s spent $3,000 on a 3D HD TV and $175 on 3D glasses. All the guy wanted to do was rent a copy of Piranha 3D and spend a quiet, bloodsplattered night at home.An employee at the local Blockbuster video thought otherwise, telling Sharp that he couldn’t rent the film. The ailing movie rental chain has a policy against renting out 3D, offer hygiene concerns. Apparently the policy was misinterpreted by an employee, who thought it extended to 3D films (why the store would carry a bunch of movies it couldn’t rent is beyond us, of course), barring Sharp from going home with the comedy-horror flick.“It’s absolutely stupid,” Sharp said, apparently distraught by the whole run in. “It’s one of those over-the-top health and safety issues I’m sick and tired of. Things like renting a DVD should be common sense. I’ve come across idiotic health and safety people in my time, and this is up there with the worst of them.”Blockbuster apologized for the apparent mix up, telling the press, “Staff have been trained on our strategy-but unfortunately, in this case, they provided the wrong information to the customer.”
Australia remains the richest country in the world according to the annual wealth report from Credit Suisse released last week.The median wealth of Aussie adults increased from US$219,500 last year to $225,300. Belgium is second, well back on $173,000. Then follow Italy, France, the UK, Switzerland, Japan and Singapore.Wealth per adult includes houses, farms, businesses, shares, other investments and cash in the bank minus debts. Most countries enjoyed greater household wealth this year with higher house values, recovering stock markets and businesses turning stronger profits. Nations which did best are the UK, South Korea, Denmark, Greece and Spain. Countries to have declined in wealth include Argentina, Indonesia, Turkey and, not surprisingly, Russia and the Ukraine.Meanwhile the IMF recently predicted that the Spanish economy would grow faster than any other in the EU in 2015 but that unemployment levels would likely remain second only to those of Greece.Source: Credit Suisse Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Doodle : Amelia Earhart, la femme qui apprivoisa les airsEn allant sur la page de recherche Google aujourd’hui, vous observerez un avion et un personnage à ses côtés : il s’agit d’Amelia Earhart, la première femme à avoir traversé l’océan atlantique en avion. L’occasion pour Maxisciences de revenir sur le parcours extraordinaire de cette femme qui connut une fin mystérieuse. Attachez vos ceintures !”C’est une chose en bois, avec des ailes rouillées et ça n’a pas l’air très intéressant”; Amélia Earhart, 10 ans, lors de sa première rencontre avec un avion !Comment pouvait-elle savoir que quelques dizaines d’années plus tard, au manche du même type de véhicule, elle allait entrer dans la légende. Et pourtant, cette force de caractère, Amélia Earhart l’a depuis son plus jeune age. Fille d’un ancien juge fédéral, Samuel « Edwin » Stanton Earhart, et de Amelia « Amy » Otis Earhart, Amelia, surnommée Meeley ou Millie, est née à Atchison, Kansas le 24 juillet 1897. Meneuse dans l’âme, au grand dam de sa soeur suiveuse Grace Muriel, elle suit une éducation non conventionnelle. En 1915, elle continue ses études mais change de l’Hyde Park High School à Ogontz, dans la banlieue de Philadelphie, pour les conclure. Mais elle les délaisse en cours de seconde année et devient infirmière dans un hôpital militaire canadien durant la première guerre mondiale. Le 28 décembre 1920, entre excitation et appréhension, elle embarque pour son baptême de l’air avec le pilote Frank Hawks, “à deux ou trois cents pieds du sol, j’ai su que je devais voler”, dit elle. Une expérience qu’elle mettra, par la suite, à profit.Elle prend sa première leçon de pilotage le 3 janvier 1921, et économise assez d’argent pour s’acheter son premier avion : Canary, qui lui permet de réaliser le premier record d’altitude pour une femme à 14.000 pieds (1922). Par la suite, plus rien ne l’arrêta, attirée par l’immensité céleste et sa conquête : première femme à traverser l’atlantique (1928), à traverser les États-Unis en solitaire en aller-retour New York-Los Angeles (1928), à piloter un autogire avec record d’altitude féminin à 15.000 pieds (1931), à traverser les États-Unis en autogire en 1932, à traverser l’océan atlantique en solitaire les 20 et 21 mai 1932, et à le traverser deux fois la même année, à effectuer un vol en solitaire entre Honolulu et Oakland en 1935, en solitaire entre Los Angeles et Mexico en 1935 et à effectuer un vol en solitaire sans escale entre Mexico et Newark (New Jersey) la même année, en 14 heures et 19 minutes.Une fin mystérieuseÀ lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Le 2 juillet 1937, Amélia disparaît en plein vol, vers Lae, en Nouvelle-Guinée, avec son navigateur Fred Noohan. L’idée était de réaliser le tour du monde par l’est, en passant par l’Equateur.Le président Roosevelt lança une dizaine de navires et une cinquantaine d’avions à sa recherche durant quatre mois, sans succès. Pas de traces de l’appareil, ni de ses occupants. Plusieurs thèses ont été élaborées sur cette disparition, mais aucune certitude n’en ressort. En 2010, des universitaires auraient retrouvé les restes d’une femme sur l’île de Nikumaroro et des tests génétiques en ont été effectués. Mais les moyens n’ont pu permettre une identification précise.Aujourd’hui, l’exemple d’Amelia Earhart est une référence dans l’histoire de la femme. Elle a d’ailleurs donné des ailes à l’aventure féminine dans la conquête spatiale. Ce jour célèbre donc, par l’intermédiaire de ce doodle, la naissance de cette femme d’exception.Le 24 juillet 2012 à 12:53 • Maxime Lambert
Updated: 9:26 PM Posted: November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN YSIDRO (KUSI)- Federal officials, including the military, say they are ready for any challenges posed by members of the caravan.KUSI’s John Soderman reports from the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom US military at the San Ysidro border crossing as migrant caravan arrives
May 7, 2019 Posted: May 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Susan G. Komen San Diego hosts free mammogram event with the Padres 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres and Padres Foundation are partnering with Susan G. Komen San Diego to provide mammograms and screenings—at no cost—to San Diegans who are uninsured and underinsured.The event is on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco Park’s Park at the Park. KUSI Newsroom,
A three-part series by The Associated PressSunday: Late pay raises mean jumps in pension benefits under some state-funded plans.Monday: Medical benefits tied to retirement system threaten local government finances.Tuesday: A look at government workers who retire on disability and then return to physically-demanding activities.HOQUIAM — After this coastal city’s 1979 ladder truck finally broke down a few years ago, firefighters have continued their duties by using hand ladders that only reach a couple of stories up.Without the cash to buy a proper replacement truck, Hoquiam officials went to the ballot earlier this year with a levy proposal totaling $1.2 million. Voters in the town of 8,700 had previously rejected such a plan, but this time agreed to bear the cost of a new truck over the next 20 years.If it wasn’t for the medical expenses of a small group of retired firefighters and police officers, however, the city could have paid it all off in just two years — without raising taxes.While local governments around the country have dealt with debilitating budget problems in recent years, a Washington state retirement system created decades ago for now-veteran public servants has added particularly daunting burdens for some jurisdictions. Those governments are struggling to manage costs for the most lavish medical plan possible, in which every expense is covered by taxpayers with no support from premiums, deductibles or even copays.And with the aid of obscure disability boards often staffed by friends or former colleagues of the retirees, public money has directly covered such things as hot tubs, penile implants and hypnotic treatments for weight loss, according to an AP investigation.
A large header of smoke and exploding propane tanks greeted the first firefighters as they arrived at a rural shop fire late Friday afternoon. The fire was reported at 3:57 p.m. at 25708 N.E. 50th Ave. in the Daybreak area of Clark County. Flames erupted from an old 15- by 30-foot outbuilding on the property, and fire spread to a nearby pickup. The shop was destroyed.A second alarm was quickly called. In total, about 25 firefighters from three different agencies helped battle the blaze. “The second alarm was called because of the threat to the residence. They didn’t want to take any chances,” said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. Clark Public Utilities was called to deal with downed power lines. Because the area is rural, with no hydrants, water was transported to the scene using fire tenders. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the home, Dawdy said. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office was sent to the property to investigate what caused the fire. It’s suspected that the fire was sparked by smoldering weeds, Dawdy said. Earlier in the day, a resident burned weeds around the house — a type of open burning that’s not allowed in Clark County.“Fire season is here. It’s dry. It’s hot. You really have to be a lot more careful with fire this time of year,” he said. Dawdy advises residents to get burn permits and burn yard debris in a pile.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who was caught on surveillance video stealing a flat-screen TV from an apartment building in Miami.Security footage caught the perpetrator at the apartment complex near Northwest 36th Street and 22nd Avenue as he broke the lock of the victim’s front door, Saturday afternoon.The video showed the subject, seen wearing a hoodie, entering the victim’s apartment. Some time later, he is then seen blocking two hallway surveillance cameras.However, a parking garage camera captured the man leaving with the TV under his right arm.The victim, Rolando Sanz, said the daytime theft has left his neighbors worried about their safety from thieves.“Now the neighbors are scared because they think the same thing could happen to them, too,” said Sanz, as he spoke though a translator. “Supposedly, the doors and gate are very secured, but I don’t know how that guy could have opened the door into my apartment.”If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.